By Al Shipley. People say that the s were a more innocent time for America. The last major American hit for Cuban bandleader Perez Prado was the end of an era: It came at the tail end of our initial fascination with Mambo, and was the final song to top charts before Billboard introduced the Hot Possibly the ultimate teen idol anthem. She became the youngest woman to write a Number One hit in America. But it was L. Canadian pop crooner Paul Anka may not strike you as a typical summer jam fare, even in his heyday.
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From big band tracks to jazz standards, until midway through the 20th century, music was a resolutely parent-friendly zone. But then everything changed. Elvis had flustered teenagers all shook up, while the likes of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and the like were destroying the old safety nets with a virile, passionate new sound. Here are the top tracks from the decade that that sparked a musical revolution. Since its release its rickety power has been harnessed by ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore, blues supergroup The Yardbirds and that man Dion again. He undermines his destitution with zany voices and jaunty rolling blues, and the song found a place in cinema posterity, popping up in 80s Brat Pack movies Diner and The Lost Boys.
Criteria: Here are the top ten greatest songs of each year from through Songs listed are from rock and roll and related genres. These songs are ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence and impact on the evolution of rock and related genres. Songs are listed strictly in the year that they were originally released in.